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tv   Bay Area Focus With Susan Sikora  CW  November 27, 2011 8:00am-8:30am PST

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san francisco 2012 supervisor is working hard to improve the quality of life for hundreds of children and families living in san francisco. plus, a sneak peek of the new holiday program. and an update on the great work of the 100 black women in the bay area, all next on "bay area focus."
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good morning. i am your host, brenda wade. san francisco is known for its vibrant district communities and san francisco's most curly diverse district -- culturally diverse district in the whole city. we have san francisco city native here to talk about that. it is a pleasure to have you here today. >> thank you, dr. wade. >> i know you have a great vision and you are a native san francisco can. >> that makes two of us.
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>> and that is rare, right? >> yes. very rare. >> tell us your vision for the 10th district. >> my vision is broken down into three compartments. to keep not only the southeast residents of san francisco working, but also healthy and safe. very simple, yet complex. we will get into it a little later. >> yes. >> to keep district residents works, healthy and safe. >> and what is it that makes district 10 so special. because it really is an interesting district. i used to run a clinic out on 3rd street. the 3rd street day treatment program. and i lived there, so, i had a chance to really get to know the neighborhood and it is a wonderful, interesting place. >> i think what makes the southeast part of san francisco so attractive is that it is a little bit of a mist tri. it is part of -- mystery, a part of fran few have heard of
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-- san francisco few have heard of or been to o. it is also one of the most ethnically diverse parts of the city. one part of the population is asian, spanish speaking and everything else. pgh lots of artists. the shipyards are a haven for artists. >> oh, yes, surviving artist communities. >> and lots of young people in the lofts down there. i have to say, my experience was best weather, without a doubt, hand's down. >> the sunniest, warmest weather, beautiful, breathtaking views from many different vista points. in you are in candlestick park or hunter's view, overlooking the bay, hand's down. >> no question. but i also know the district has a lot of special
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challenges. >> yes. there are challenges when we talk about safety of the community. it is no secret it has had a sorted history with crime and violence. and i believe we are on the up- tick and we will be making changes, critical policy changes, but also culture changes within the community. people are saying enough is enough. you also have homeowner that is are stepping up, like never before. homeowners stepping up and literal will i sweeping down the store fronts and front doorsteps, and frankly, being thoughtful and vigilant on what is going on. so, no more passive engagement. we have actor that is are engaged, paying attention and want that community to grow. >> so important. >> so important. >> and i know, also, that when you said working healthy and safe, that certainly working is one of the things that pros and all important -- provides and all important
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boundary in terms of people not being in the street to get into trouble or commit some sort of crime. >> absolutely. i think one of my priorities are to insure that the third street merchant corridor is alive and vibrant. i don't just mean the little sliver that is just bayview, but the entire corridor, which includes south 4th, the new development of the ucsf mission base, south based hospital, and a scattering of new businesses. it is very exciting. lemones will be coming to the corridor. >> one of the best restaurants anywhere in this area or the country. now i know where to go for
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dinner. >> and brown sugar more lunch. >> wonderful. >> well, you are a native san franciscocan, so, you have a different view of what you can bring. you are stepping into big shoes. sophie maxwell, my good friend, was in the district as a supervisor for a long time. how do you see yourself getting funding for help? >> yes. earlier i said in my comments about making sure the community is healthy. that not only has to do with the physical health of the community, but also the mental health. so, when i think of the southeast, the health center, expanding that. when i think of the good work that the doctor nadine burke is
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doing to connect our mental and physical health, driving and moving things forward, it is conjunction with many of the african-american migration task forces, or the unfinished virginia documents i have accomplished in years past, that began to address some of the challenge, in this particular case, the health challenges that, are found in the african-american communities. >> this work is revolutionary. because what we are really seeing, especially with dr. nadine burke's work is that mental health and physical health are linked. >> absolutely. >> you can't have one without the other. >> yes. >> very important. so, what is it we can do to support new. >> well, this are a couple of things. rafikki, they could always use a donation. write a check to your favorite nonprofit organization. or you can contact me in my
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office. we often do community clean- ups. if you would like to come and be a part 206 community clean of up, we do different parts of san francisco. also volunteer as the senior center. thanksgiving is coming up. maybe donate a turkey there. are many different opportunities for people to become engaged. if you would like to volunteer in the office, we would love to have technical expertise. fur a great prior, come on board. if you are a social worker and enjoy connecting and helping people in social services, we have a place for you. >> in other words, whatever you can do to help, start pulling. excuse me. so, i want to thank you, supervisor cohen, if i can stop cuffing for a minute, for information -- coughing for a minute. for information on how you can reach her, call or visit... there is more. stay with us. and do your part, everybody.
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l welcome back. we have the opalland women's association and how and why they honor bay area leaders. we have cheryl grant, a motivational speaker, coach and quintessential 100 black women. cheryl, you represent the 100's and what they are all about, the most fabulous women i know are women like you, the 100's. >> well, thank you very much. we are really excited this year. madame cj walker was the first self made woman black managerial area. >> so incredible and an inspylation. >> absolutely. and she encompasses everything today's black woman stands for. and entrepreneur, leader, mother, and someone who was just a self starter and really looked at that time world and looked far place where she fit
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and made a difference. made a difference. >> yes. it has been my tremendous honor to mc that wonderful luncheon two or three times now. it is always so inspiring and uplifting. and to see women who, like yourself, are not afraid to put yourself out there, to be entrepreneurial, which takes a special kind of determination. we have kathy adams and brenda wright, all these amazing women who are cornerstones, and i have admires year after year the qualities of madame cj walker in each one of you, persistence, determination and courage. and i call it my three c's of womanhood, creativity, collaboration and cooperation. >> you said it all in the right words, brenda. i think one of the things i am most proud of this year, most of the time when people think
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of the national coalition of one hundred black women, they think of the madame cj walker event. while it is a fabulous event, it really is an fundraiser for us. i will really helpstous do the work we do in the community. so, we are so honored to have some of the greatest corporation there is to sponsor us. as well as just community leaders. faith-based organizations, and just regular individuals stepping up. >> most don't know all the incredible program that is the 100 black women have. talk about the positive step girls for a minute. i love them. >> i do, too. they are very near and dear to my heart. we have several different programs in which we reach out to the community. the positive step program is working with girls ages 12 to 17. we have a curriculum that helps to get them grounded. >> and if nothing else, cheryl, i will say those girls
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just being around women like you and the other 100's changes their world and gives them a view. >> yes. >> because i am my daytive learning is what young children do. they will look at you and the brenda's and the incredible kathys and go, wow, i can be like her. >> absolutely. i know especially being in corporate america, there was often not another african- american woman in a position of power. these women that surround these girls are all very, very strong people. you mentioned kathy adam, and brenda white. and there are a slew of other women within the organization. the other thing that we do besides the popular step program is we also have our public service and education,
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which is really about giving grants and scholarship to the community. we have begin over $300,000 in scholarships. >> it is amazing. >> absolutely. >> our vision is to make sure we are out in the community, semipowering women to go -- empowering women to go back to school, women reentering the work force or girls going on to college. >> didn't 100 black women also get involved in the sisters getting real. >> yes. that is another program we definitely support. we call it sista's getting real about hiv aids. >> that is true because the highest number of hiv infections is among black
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women. it is important to get real because there is denial in our community. >> absolutely. we do that through education, workshops, forums and symposiums and collaboration work, whether it is with a community or testing, so we can really know and empower them with information and have resources for these women to be tested. >> so, you have health, education, education, entrepreneurship, scholarships, all kinds of wonderful mentoring services. the 100 black women are one of the greatest resources in our community. and i am just so impressed and i hope you don't mind me saying this, so proud of the 100's. and i hope you are proud of yourself. >> thank you. i am. >> you are striking out in new directions doing executive coaching as an entrepreneur. >> absolute you. >> and you are taking the 100's principles out into your work
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life. >> absolutely. we as women and leaders, all we do with mothering and parenting, we are also looking at opportunity to reengage with what we are passionate about. >> yes. and it is also -- madame cj walker was all about giving back. she trained women to become beauty operators so black women could have their own businesses. and you are carrying forward that tradition with the 100's. i want to thank you. cheryl, i want to thank it can 100's. i want everyone to go to the fabulous lunch. it is one of the best events of the year. you will love it. and off great headliner this year. >> yes. >> madame cj walker awards luncheon friday, march 23, 2012. you have time to get it on your calendar. call or go to... get your tickets now. it is always a sellout and
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always fabulous. thank you, cheryl. >> thank you for the opportunity. we do appreciate it. >> sure. well, this is lots more right ahead. stay with us.
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welcome back. as the ray h, nsberg theater opens its new holiday december show, rejoice, we have margo here. i love that you live in
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oakland. >> yes. >> so, tell us about your career. you have done it all. >> yes. i have been there the bay area for over 20 years. i am very excited about all of the new theater that is happening. i started with my own theater company and have branch out with working with the burke leigh repertory theater, directing and writing. it is an exciting time for these inner the bay area and for the -- for the bay area theaters. >> yes. we have quinton and stanley who left us, back-to-back and to see the resurrection of lorraine in the beautiful theater on the square. >> yes. that has to be one of the most beautiful venues in the bay area. it is a place to get great food and theater right there in one
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package. >> that is right. we are right down in it. >> tell us about rejoice. >> it is aptly titled rejoice. a musical celebration. i think that is what we are doing, is celebrating. we are celebrating life. when you think of the story, the christmas story, mary and joseph and the birth of jesus christ, it is a story we all know. >> yes. >> but i think, what i envision is a bigger story in that it is about the birth of a child. and the birth of a leader. the birth of an innovator, and how every birth of a child is precious, so, we are celebrating lorraine hansbury sheeters continuing on, going to the next 30 years and celebrating birth the new birth, and all the exciting things that come with it. >> yes. and each one of us in our lives. the story of jesus is a heroic
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story, the story of great spiritual masters and teachers. those stories are there to inspire us in our lives and there is so much energy. we are looking at the clip of the traditional christmas show put on. it is full of energy and celebration. >> yes. >> one of this things i love is that every holiday season this is a family show. >> yes, it is. >> i like to get my whole family together and do something to celebrate is season, because that coming together as family is what makes us strong. and for those who don't know, it also makes us healthy. >> it does. >> it has been shown that people with strong family connections, strong community connections, and those that go to church every sunday, have better health. whatever you choose to do with you are religious life is your business, but find someplace to go and be in touch with yourself. >> be a part of a community of people and celebrate in physical therapy in the theater -- fellow in the theater.
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it is really exciting. we have new music and a new story. those of you who celebrated with joyful noise and black nativity over the years it is new music now and exciting. we have to make a commitment to celebrate in all arts. her legacy continues through others for the next 30 years. >> 31 years. can you imagine? >> yes. and we are celebrating the next 30 year, moving forward. >> i love that. now, most people don't know lorraine hans burks ury was the first black theater west of the mississippi, is that right?
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>> yes. >> there is a tremendous gift. i listened to douglas turner ward talk about black theater and he said this is our chance to tell our own story. >> that is right. >> it is a chance to tell story that is are for everyone. >> yes. universal stories. >> and inspire everyone. because there may be african- americans or people of color on stage -- and by the way, lorraine hance bury is a diverse theater group and all the shows are unite diverse, this is an opportunity for everyone to look at american culture, because african- american culture is american culture. these are american stories. >> that is right. >> so, i want to salute you, salute steven anthony jones and the lorraine hansbury theater. any company that says this is our 311th year that, is a miracle. >> yes -- 31st year, it is a miracle. >> yes. it is very exciting. >> and lots of opportunities for people that want to go into theater. you have been an actor, director and play wright.
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what other opportunities are there? will are lots of opportunities. at the theater they have a great outreach program to young artists interested in learning the craft and becoming part of the organization throughout the city and bay. just go online and look up bay area theater. there are a lot of small theaters, and a lot of internship that is you can get involved in, whether you want to build a set, make the costumes or want to be an actor or director. >> right. do the lighting or the music. there is so much for people to do in theaters. there are so many aspects of it, as you said. >> yes. >> so, everyone has their secret passion of creative little, what, creative inspiration and spark. >> yes. and there is also -- a lot of the programs are being taken out of the school, unfortunately. >> yes. >> but that leads us the responsibility to create the right thing for our schools. >> yes. not only the responsibility to
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create opportunities but the responsibility to keep the lorraine hance bury theater, the great legacy alive. you want to take a right now. rejoice runs tuesday, december 6 through december 31st at the beautiful new theater on the square at 450 post street. for tickets and information, call or go to... get your tickets and take your family. if you are looking for financial relief during these challenging times, i have a free gift for you. go to my website at docwade.com. i am brenda wade. blessings.
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